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Kristina Larson
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Conversations with a Three-Year-Old
Oh, my little Gray--how I love this age! In you I have a constant conversation partner, and a chatty one at that. I love your spontaneous, "Thank you for the yummy lunch, Mama!" and the way you exclaim,"Look at the beautiful vi-eew!" as we're driving. I hop...

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Full House, Full Bellies, Full Hearts
We celebrated Thanksgiving with my mom's side of the family this year. Our day included a bit of sledding, baby rabbit-petting, and a thankful tree. And lots of scrumptious food, of course. So thankful for this little life that provides enough challenge to ...

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Farm Life
As Thanksgiving nears, my heart continually swells with gratitude for this country spot we now get to call home.  When we first looked at the hobby farm last spring, everything felt right: built on a hill, perfect number of acres for us (12), peaceful view,...

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Summer Garden
One of my favorite parts of summer was watching how much the kids enjoyed our little garden.  They filled their gator with lettuce Showered the Zinnias with affection Dug in the dirt to their hearts' delight Picked a wagonful of onions (When I only needed o...

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Watermelon Ice Cream
This Watermelon Ice Cream is in the running for my favorite discovery of Summer 2015. It's super easy, cheap, and healthy enough to justify serving bowlfuls to the kids for breakfast. Fair warning: don't attempt this recipe unless you're prepared to make it...

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Cheap Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers
My husband sometimes accuses me of being a cheapskate. (Every marriage needs one, no?) Lately I've been excited about thrifty homemade fun. Here are some activities we've been enjoying: Board I have no idea where this crookedly cut chunk of wood even came f...

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Inseparable
My hands-down favorite part of parenting has been watching how much fun our kids have together. They are only fifteen months apart, and that gap seems smaller and smaller the older they get.  Yesterday Gray was tackling Rain, and I reminded him, "Be careful...

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Winter Sanity Savers for Moms
As one of my friends recently stated, "I think our household has upgraded from 'cabin fever' to 'winter psychosis.' Personally, I was feeling fine until last week's string of events: an insomniac teething baby, multiple subzero days, a resident mouse who re...

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Easy DIY All-Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils
One of the most frequent ways I use essential oils in my household is in this spray. With two little kids underfoot, I am always wiping up some sort of mess! The recipe is so simple I almost feel silly writing it down. But since a few of you have asked for ...

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Happy 2015!
Happy New Year to you and yours! We celebrated the first day of 2015 by cleaning the house from top to bottom (nothing like a fresh start!) and then rewarded ourselves by sledding at a nearby hill. I think Mike and I enjoyed it more than the kids did (sledd...
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